FOIL

One common thread across all my body of work is that every new project is an opportunity to test an idea and assess a premise. Endurance is a concept I find fascinating as a parameter of the creative process: How far can we go? How can my body serve as a limitation for my work? What will come of it?

For 5 days I inhabited a residential studio in a colonial cottage while artist in residence at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon property in Nowra, rural Australia. Devoid of all light and abstained from food, I had 3km of aluminium foil to create structural artistic responses. The resulting space was an installation containing the residue of the 5 day endurance work. The installation was documented visually using 35mm and digital photography.

Interior Foil Landscape combined endurance performance with the use of a new material. It was an experience to observe my own body but also sought to harmonise the exterior environment and see what relationship it had with what I was experiencing inside the dwelling. As the title implies, it was an exercise of search and discovery within to find strength and inner resolve.

The performance was always intended as an experimental work, unannounced and without an audience. It was only afterwards I found out other resident artists had been discussing and engaging with it, even though I was not ‘performing’ directly before an audience.

Interior Foil Landscape helped me understand that I didn’t have to be visible or even present to be undertaking a performance.